The New York Islanders (15-19-6) offense was clicking on all cylinders in the 5-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings (26-15-1) in Tuesday night hockey action. Powered by the John Tavares, Matt Moulson, and Kyle Okposo line New York looked sharp, skating well throughout the game.
“We have been playing a very solid puck possession,” Moulson said of the success of his line. “Kyle and John have been throwing the puck to the net, and I have been there to pick up the rebounded shots.”
Finishing the night with 30 totals shots, the Isles had a ton of great energy sending a barrage of offensive opportunities to the net in the first frame. New York was rewarded for their effort, when Moulson (20) recorded a power play wrister at the 19:07 mark.
“With and without the puck it was a good game for us,” said Islanders head coach Jack Capuano after the victory. “We tracked the puck hard, we had good sticks and our defensive game was sound. I really liked our battle level tonight, I really felt like we elevated our game.”
In the second period, it was all Islanders firepower as Tavares (14), Okposo (9) and Michael Grabner (11) all found the back of the cage for New York. There was a brief scary moment for the fans of Orange and Blue when Tavares was hit in the face with a puck, the center was okay though returning for his normal shift on the ice.
Islanders keeper Evgeni Nabokov put on a display of spectacular saves, turning away 23 pucks in career win 299 against the team that claimed him off of waivers. The shutout bid by the cager was spoilt by the Red Wings at the 2:36 mark in the third period, when Justin Abdelkader (5) recorded the lone goal for Detroit.
“I had a lot of battles tonight and was able to have some success against it,” Nabokov said of the bodies that the Detroit team sent his way in the game. “They (the Red Wings) are champions, they know how to win and they know how to play and let me tell you it wasn’t easy.”
Nabokov had this to say on his game, “There is a consistency that I am hoping to bring to this team, which is something that I have been working on throughout my career. It is something that my goalie coach told me when I came here to the States is that consistency is the key to not only be in the league but stay here-and that is what I am trying to do.”
The victory for the Isles was capped off at the 13:57 mark when Matt Moulson recorded his second goal of the game, on a beauty of a tip-in shot.
New York will continue a homestretch of games on Thursday with a game against the Philadelphia Flyers. The game against the Isles and Flyers is slated to air on the MSG Plus network with face-off scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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